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Interfaith Peace-Builders July 2012 Delegation Arrives in Israel/Palestine



July 16, 2012 - Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 24 member delegation to Israel/Palestine arrived at Ben-Gurion airport Monday morning and is now safely in Jerusalem.

The purpose of this delegation, the 41st to make the trip since 2001, is to educate North Americans about the region and deepen their understanding of its conflicts.

This delegation will explore issues relevant to young people in Palestine/Israel, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict.  Our itinerary features meetings with Palestinian and Israeli youth and youth workers as well as leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, religious leaders and more.

Two thirds of the Palestinian population and one third of the Israeli population are under the age of 25.  More than just numbers, youth in Israel/Palestine play important roles in community development, lead nonviolent struggles for justice, and work together across national lines towards reconciliation.  They are also among the conflict’s most tragic victims. 

Participants on this delegation have the unique opportunity to hear directly from Palestinian and Israeli youth and adults regarding their hopes for peace and the role of the US government in promoting a resolution to the conflict.


A photo of the delegates at orientation in Washington, DC.


The delegation includes the following people:

Sami Abed (not pictured)- Felton, California
Alejandro Abisambra - Bogota, Colombia
Amani and Omar Barakat (not pictured)- Moorpark, California
Wanda Bailey - Durham, North Carolina
Kate Bradley- Cartersville, Georgia
Manal, Riadh, Laila and Malak Fakhoury (not pictured) - Ocala, Florida
Kristie Guerrero-Taylor - Lansing, Michigan
Maia and Arlie Rose Carter Hallward - Acworth, Georgia
Nader Hamdan - Yuba City, California
Walter Hixson- Akron, Ohio
Matthew Johnson - Washington, DC
Becky Judeh- Tallmadge, Ohio
Tavia La Follette-Zabriskie - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hoda Mitwally - Edison, New Jersey
Andrea Mufarreh- New York, New York
Sophia Ritchie - Berkeley, California
Tim Seidel(not pictured)- Akron, Pennsylvania
Will Thomas - Auburn, New Hampshire
Robbie Wellington -Washington, DC
Sharif Zakout - San Francisco, California

In addition to the reports linked from this page, IFPB delegation participants may be blogging and tweeting about their experiences. Like the trip reports posted here, individual blogs and tweets reflect the views of delegation participants only, and not necessarily Interfaith Peace-Builders or partners.

Blogs by delegation members:
Andrea Mufarreh may be blogging here
Sharif Zakout may be blogging here
Kate Bradley may be blogging here
Malak Fakhoury may be blogging here

Twitter streams by delegation members:
Andrea Mufarreh's twitter stream
Sharif Zakout's twitter stream
Kate Bradley's twitter stream
Hoda Mitwally's twitter stream

or follow IFPB on twitter here:

Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Israelis and Palestinians, delegates return to the United States better informed, more energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice in the Middle East.

Upon their return to the United States, delegates will share their experiences with the public, the media, and their political representatives.

Media interested in interviewing the participants when they return, and groups wanting information about speaking engagements, should contact Interfaith Peace-Builders at or 415.240.4607.






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